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Summerton in Clarendon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Senn's Mill

 
 
Senn's Mill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Senn's Mill Marker
Inscription. This complex, featuring a blacksmith shop (ca. 1903), grist mill (ca. 1905), and bottling plant (ca. 1921), was operated for many years by John G. Senn (1851-1942) and his son-in-law Frank W. Josey (1872-1959). Senn's grandson Walter B. Senn, Jr. (1917-1999) then ran the mill for almost fifty years. A significant example of a type of commercial complex once common in the towns of the rural South, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
 
Erected 2001 by The Town of Summerton. (Marker Number 14-15.)
 
Location. 33° 36.542′ N, 80° 21.08′ W. Marker is in Summerton, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on North Cantey Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located between Main Street (US 301) and Ridgeway Street. Marker is in this post office area: Summerton SC 29148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Travel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patriot Departs to Ride with Marion (about 500 feet away); Elusive Francis Marion, 1780-1781 (about 600 feet away); Siege of Fort Watson (about 600 feet away); The Patriot and the Redcoat (about 700 feet away); Summerton Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Anne Custis Burgess (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Together Let Us Sweetly Live" (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerton.
Senn's Mill Marker, eastside view Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
2. Senn's Mill Marker, eastside view
National Register of Historic Places : • Senn's Grist Mill--Blacksmith Shop--Orange Crush Bottling Plant (added 2000 - Building - #00000290) • 3 Cantey St., Summerton • Historic Significance: Event • Area of Significance: Commerce • Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949 • Owner: Private • Historic Function: Agriculture/Subsistence, Commerce/Trade, Industry/Processing/Extraction • Historic Sub-function: Manufacturing Facility, Processing, Specialty Store • Current Function: Agriculture/Subsistence • Current Sub-function: Processing •

 
Regarding Senn's Mill. Senn’s Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant is a small commercial complex comprised by three interconnected early twentieth-century buildings of similar size and construction that retains its historical appearance and character. Commercial activity at 3 Cantey Street began about 1903, when John G. Senn opened Senn’s Blacksmith Shop for business. Senn’s Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant played a role in the commercial development of Summerton, South Carolina, during the early twentieth century. The grist mill, ca. 1905, the most significant enterprise at the site, recently closed its doors after nearly a century of continuous operation. It is an outstanding example of the small independent grist mills that were commonplace in rural communities across the South in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The blacksmith shop and bottling plant, ca. 1921, are typical of early twentieth-century light industrial buildings. Senn’s Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant occupies an important place in Summerton’s civic memory. In supplying the local agricultural sector with essential goods and services for nearly a century, each of the three enterprises at the site made significant contributions to the economic and social development of Summerton.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Senn's Mill southside view Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
3. Senn's Mill southside view
Senn's Mill Marker, front view along North Cantey Street Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
4. Senn's Mill Marker, front view along North Cantey Street
Senn's Mill, northside view Photo, Click for full size
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2000
5. Senn's Mill, northside view
Senn's Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant, Right Elevation-Grist Mill
Senn's Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant, Facade Detail-Grist Mill Photo, Click for full size
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2000
6. Senn's Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Orange Crush Bottling Plant, Facade Detail-Grist Mill
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 757 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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